Bambi – One Year of Excitement and Growth

In honor of Bambi’s one-year anniversary of arrival here at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, we wanted to share a bit of her journey – from her transport from Ribeirão Preto in São Paulo, to her earliest days at the sanctuary, until today. She has experienced such great physical healing and is making impressive strides in her emotional work. An elephant who was a shell of herself, once so afraid of her fellow zoo-mate has become an energetic and eager friend to Mara and Rana. We look forward to watching her grow into herself every day. We hope you do, too.


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    Rand Cooley says

    She’s an amazing elephant she looks so much better physically and feels better it’s heartwarming to see the good work you do

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      Terry Feleppa says

      Complete Happy! I love this girl so!!!! Thanks guys for ALL you do!!!!

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    Nancy Shaw says

    WONDERFUL JOURNEY !! LOVE the sticky-outie tails and STANDING on the fence rail!
    Way to go Miss Bambilini !!

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    Mary says

    I followed Bambi’s story and cannot believe the concrete building that she used to spend her time in. The first day she left her crate at the Sanctuary was so amazing. Her gal pals and her running through the Sanctuary. It is so beautiful to see.

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      Charlotte Hansen says

      Such a beautiful video of our Bambi’s journey thrills my heart!

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    Tammy says

    Oh yes indeed following each elephant on their amazing healing path is absolutely the best and to be part of it all is so rewarding so heartwarming it really makes you realize just how much of a difference how much of an impact how vital Sanctuary life has been in their rehabilitation both emotional and physical the best feeling ever! I can only imagine how you all that are lucky enough to be so closely involved one on one feel so thank you all for doing what you do you are very special in my eyes! 🐘 💞🙏

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    Nancy Shaw says

    Was Bambi the one who hit her head on the rails inside the travel crate? Is that a smile on her face in the Rain?

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      Sara says

      That was Lady. And, yes, Bambi does have a wonderful smile.

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    Tracy says

    So happy!! I’m crying HAPPY tears!!!

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    Sherry says

    This is exactly what love and care can do!!!❤️

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    Patricia says

    I love these girls all so much. Thank you for this heartwarming look back at Bambi’s first year in sanctuary. xo

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    Suzanne Eaton says

    A transformational rebirth at sanctuary into the happy and healthy girl Bambi was meant to be. Thank you GSE, Scott, Kat and staff for your courage and love to provide all the girls with a safe environment.

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    Carol says

    Precious Bambi. Sanctuary has been her blessing. And she is our blessing. Prayers going up that she enjoys many more healthy and fulfilled years with us!🙏🏻💝🙏🏻💖🙏🏻💗

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    Cintia says

    It’s so emotional to watch her journey! Who knew underneath that shyness resided a silly, energetic, playful, spontaneous and excited girl.. we love you Bambi ❤️
    (I think in the last paragraph you meant “Rana” 😊

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      Sara says

      Thank you!

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    Nicole says

    Love it! Thank you so much this video!

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    Katie Howard says

    Oh! The bath!!! She does not look – or act – at all like the same elephant!!! And she’s helping Mara too, I think? Good to have a “younger” girl at GSE! ❤️🐘❤️

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    Bonnie says

    What a difference in just one year you all are a amazing at what you all do

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    Alice says

    What a lovely tribute to Bambi, and what an amazing transformation she has made! Bambi was the first rescue I watched after discovering GSE and I was totally blown away by the patience and loving care that was given to her by Scott and team to make her trip the best possible for her. I’m completely hooked as a follower and supporter as a result of what I have seen you guys accomplish and your whole philosophy for these precious creatures. I made an additional donation for Bambi’s Re-birthday, and I am so anxious for P & G to be rescued!

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      Sara says

      Thank you so much for your support. We all look forward to the day when Pocha and Guillermina take their first steps into sanctuary.

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    Bill says

    Knowing that you are free can cure many ills. Recognizing the freedom can be a real challenge to overcome.

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    Debbie Sides says

    So happy Bambi is doing so well. She can continue to heal and grow there.💚

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    June Ross says

    Many of us are shedding tears at this video! Amazing Bambi and amazing wonderful Sanctuary!
    I have loved Bambi since I first saw her in her pen in Sao Paulo…frightened and thin. Here she is one year later…personality galore and a delight to behold!

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    Sue says

    So wonderful, thank you. It gets me every time I see her kneel down in the mud and enjoy the water when she arrived. Love to all of you, and thank you for all the love you give back. I am so honored to be along on this journey. ❤️🐘❤️

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    Anita J says

    It was rescue of Bambi which introduced me to GSE as well, like so many others here. Loved her to bits from the very first video I watched. So fearful and sad hiding in that barren barn…that was heart breaking. But her flying out of that transport crate into the Sanctuary, and her following days so beautifully captured for us to see, were truly amazing. Thank you. And now I can’t sit still awaiting the news that our girls from Mendoza are loaded and on their way home…:-))))

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    John says

    Oh Bambi. You had me at hello!

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    Rachel says

    I can’t believe it’s been a year but what a wonderful reminder indeed! Lots of love and happiness for Bambi and her journey to emotional and physical healing. 💝

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    JoAnn Merriman-Eaton says

    What a beautiful soul has blossomed. Bambi, t he thin frightened girl in the dimly lit shed no longer exists. Now we see a beautiful, smiling, happy girl that has learned how to be a friend to her girlfriends. The healing power of sanctuary is proven once again, and wonderful to see. I absolutely love this girl.

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